Rapture or Resurrection?

Rapture or resurrection

I have been a Christian for over 40 years of my adult life and as long as I have been a Christian I have been taught that the Bible says there will be a Great Tribulation. There is no disputing that fact. However, I have also been taught (and have taught) that there will be a rapture of God's people (either before the tribulation or during the middle of it) wherein God will save His children from the evil that is to take place. That we will simply disappear from this earth and be taken up into Heaven to be with Him, to reign a thousand years, and then be with Him forever in the New Jerusalem. Are the rapture and the Second Coming two separate happenings?

Is it possible there is no pre/mid tribulation rapture? The pre/mid tribulation rapture theory is not supported by scripture that I can find. Has man taken what God has said and twisted it?

Webster's dictionary describes the meaning of rapture as:

  1. an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion

  2. a state or experience of being carried away by overwhelming emotion b : a mystical experience in which the spirit is exalted to a knowledge of divine things

  3. often capitalized : the final assumption of Christians into heaven during the end-time according to Christian theology.

The last few months it has been weighing upon my mind as to when the rapture would take place. It started out as my questioning whether the rapture would be pre, mid, or post tribulation. It came to my attention that if the rapture were indeed post tribulation then it would mean that we would have to suffer through the Great Tribulation. Thus my studies of the rapture according to the Bible began.

Why is a pre/mid tribulation rapture not specifically mentioned in the Bible? If a rapture of either sort were going to happen, don't you think Jesus would have told us? When Jesus talks to His disciples about what will happen at His coming at the end of the age (end times), no pre/mid tribulation rapture to save His followers from the Great Tribulation is mentioned. Jesus speaks about “the end times” and what will happen prior to His return.